Last week, New York based pop trio AJR released their debut EP “6foot1” on iTunes and Amazon MP3. Now that we have had some time with the new songs, we are blown away with how talented these guys are!
Written, recorded, mixed and mastered all by themselves in their parents’ living room, AJR continues to impress us. As if that wasn’t enough, the boys also designed the cover art. And in case you were wondering where the title “6foot1” came from, it’s because Adam, Jack and Ryan are all 6 foot 1. Here is our track-by-track review of the EP!
The opening track, “I’m Ready” is the brothers’ first single and has been climbing the Pop Chart on iTunes (as high as 98!). Sampling the iconic Spongebob “I’m Ready” clip, AJR layered dubstep bass drops and the most catchy chorus we’ve heard all year.
The second track ,”Woody Allen”, has such a fun sound to it! We aren’t quite sure what they mean when they say they feel like Woody Allen but it makes for a great song. Also, the most inventive censoring of a word we’ve ever heard (we’re looking at you Ryan!). This song has so many layers and we can’t stop listening to it! We hear something new every time.
“Growing Old On Bleecker Street” isn’t exactly new to us, but every time we listen to this song, we wish we could live on Bleecker Street. We love the ukelele and the melody of this song. One of our favorite lyrics: “I woke up last night from a dream that we’d grow old on Bleecker Street. Sit by the fire and I’d play my guitar but dreams are only dreams.”
We are obsessed with the horns in “AfterHours.” We can’t wait to hear this song live! It’s super catchy and high energy chorus will have any venue rocking. And are those water glasses we hear in the background? Nice.
The EP closes with “Buy You a Rose,” which showcases Adam, Jack and Ryan’s unique voices and powerful harmonies. Check out their beatboxing in the background (we already knew they had serious skills). The gang vocals on this song are incredible. Just listen to this song and you’ll see why it’s our favorite.
As we’ve mentioned, we are seriously looking forward to what’s in store from AJR next year, including the release of their full length debut album. (PS guys, we are going to need studio versions of “The Green and The Town” and “Married on a Hill” hint hint)